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James Gronninger Wikipedia
James Davis Gronninger (January 15, 1880 – January 30, 1944) was an American attorney, baseball player, manager, and league president.
Gronninger was born at Lucasville, Ohio in January 1880. His parents John and Rachel Gronninger were both Ohio natives. At the time of the 1900 United States Census, Gronninger was working as a laborer in a rolling mill in Ohio.
Gronninger played college baseball at West Virginia University starting no later than 1903. He was the captain of West Virginia's 1906 team. He was a multi-sport athlete at West Virginia and also served as captain of the West Virginia Mountaineers basketball team.
Gronninger received his law degree (Bachelor of Laws) from West Virginia in June 1906. He remained in Morgantown, West Virginia as the coach of the school's baseball team. He also served as the manager of the Uniontown Coal Barons in 1906, leading them to a Pennsylvania–Ohio–Maryland League championship. He served as the president of the Class-D Pennsylvania–West Virginia League in 1908 and 1909.
After retiring from baseball, Gronninger became a lawyer. In 1917, he was the chief clerk in the office of West Virginia Secretary of State. By September 1918, he was the Assistant Secretary of State of West Virginia. In 1921, he had the second highest salary ($2,750) in the Secretary of State's Office behind the Secretary of State. In 1923, he was in charge of enforcing West Virginia's securities laws and prosecuting stock fraud. Gronninger in his later years was a lawyer with a general practice at Charleston, West Virginia. He died at Huntington, West Virginia in January 1944 at age 63.